gantry

noun

gan·​try ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio)
plural gantries
1
: a frame for supporting barrels
2
: a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: such as
a
: a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers or side frames running on parallel tracks
also : a movable structure with platforms at different levels used for erecting and servicing rockets before launching
b
: a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals for each

Examples of gantry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the uninitiated, strolling through the gantries of a bustling airport terminal or the avenues leading to convention centers, the sight is familiar — large-scale ads unfurled by tech behemoths vying for the gaze of potential customers. Johan Moreno, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The tests included removal of the mobile gantry, filling and draining of the rocket’s upper and core stage tanks with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, and an ignition of the core stage’s Vulcain 2.1 engine. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2023 Everywhere containers were in motion; massive gantry cranes reached out over ships to grab at steel boxes like hungry horses. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 You will be asked to hold your breath as your body is passed through the gantry. Doru Paul, Verywell Health, 15 Nov. 2023 Once you are laid on the flatbed, it is passed through the gantry as the CT scanner rotates around the body to take continuous X-ray images. Doru Paul, Verywell Health, 15 Nov. 2023 The gantry, the high perch where play-by-play commentators call matches, had to be removed, clad in nonflammable material, and reinstalled. Rory Smith, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 The transit agency anticipates the US Department of Transportation will give final approval after a 30-day public review period, a significant milestone that will allow construction to begin on the tolling gantries. Michelle Kaske, Fortune, 12 May 2023 As SpaceX’s Starship rocket took flight last week in Texas, more than two dozen powerful rocket engines fired at once, pushing the enormous vehicle into space—and blasting away at the launch gantry and the ground below it with more than 6,000 metric tons of force. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 24 Apr. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English gauntree, reshaping (perhaps conformed to tre tree entry 1) of ganter, borrowed from Anglo-French *ganter (Old French —Picard— gantier, Old French chantier), going back to Latin cantērius, canthērius "horse of poor quality, rafter, prop for vines," akin to Greek kanthḗlia "panniers," (ónos) kanthḗlios "pack ass," both loanwords from an undetermined Mediterranean language

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gantry was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Gantry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gantry. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

gantry

noun
gan·​try ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio)
plural gantries
1
: a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers running on parallel tracks
2
: a movable structure used for erecting and servicing rockets before launching
3
: a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals
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